Micah Richards has claimed Steven Gerrard is the main inspiration behind Rangers usurping Celtic to the Premiership title en route to number 55.

The affable Match of the Day pundit paid tribute to his former England international teammate and says he is on the way to being a top manager.

Writing in his Daily Mail column Richards waxed lyrical about the Gers boss.

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He said: “Steven Gerrard — what a guy. He is within touching distance of winning the Scottish Premiership.

“I have tried to think of the right word to describe his achievement with Rangers and the one I landed on was ‘inspirational’.

“Celtic are having a difficult season but they are still a good side. They haven’t been able to live with Rangers, though, and that is down to Gerrard’s outstanding work.

“Am I surprised he is becoming a top manager? No way. He is personable, commands respect and knows the game inside out.

“Gerrard has all the tools to get to wherever he wants. Good luck to him — I’m delighted for him.”

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The main man

Would we have won this season’s Premiership without Gerrard? We don’t think so.

The club was at such a low ebb prior to his arrival at the club in June 2018 with the Pedro Caixinha experiment a total disaster before Graeme Murty took the reigns for remainder of the 2017/18 season.

A consecutive third-place finish was a big disappointment and the gap to Celtic did not look like narrowing until Gerrard joined.

Make no mistake, there have been difficult moments in his reign but his first two seasons were all about solidity and establishing a base for us to build on, something that was achieved with successive second-placed positions and a run to the last 16 of the Europa League last season.

Now we have gone to unparalleled levels as we close in on a season of Premiership invincibility and still going strong in Europe.

Richards is right, Gerrard has been an utter inspiration and one who is destined for greatness in the game.

We hope that will be achieved at Ibrox for years to come.

In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton makes strange Celtic title claim.

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